How many hours do your children spend in front of different video games? Here I show you the dangers to which they are exposed.
In recent years, video games have taken more and more space in the lives of most of our children, especially those who are living both pre-puberty and puberty. This is mainly due to the increasing popularity of both console and online games, as well as applications for different mobile devices, responsible for offering hours of “entertainment”. However, it is our responsibility as parents to know what really happens to our children when they abuse the use of these electronic resources, which is why I share the following points. If you recognize any of these situations, it is important that you pay attention to your child’s playing habits and take action on the matter.
They begin to isolate
Suddenly, you will notice that your child has lost interest in things that were usually attractive to him. You will be leaving your social life behind, reducing the amount of sports activities and dedicating all your time to be behind the screen that satisfies your interest.
School performance will decline
Of course, by spending many hours connected to your electronic device, the studies will not be interesting or attractive. In fact, you will see them as a tremendous waste of time to be able to continue advancing in the game you just learned.
Withdrawal from your friends
If before it was normal for your house to be full of boys of their age, now little by little you will see how their friends begin to disappear from your child’s routine, as they will be “replaced” by the friends you can find online. Yes, you read that correctly, our children have the facility to talk to people from anywhere in the world, just by moving a mouse.
Sudden mood swings
If they are asked to stop playing, then anger takes hold of them and they begin to experience tantrums from not being able to continue their activity. The same happens if they cannot connect to the network, you will immediately notice their discouragement if that happens, unlike when they can play without limits.
How do I help my child?
Faced with such a dramatic scenario, it is time to consider some points that are key to preventing the excessive use of technology at home. Here are some suggestions:
1. Control the time of use of electronic devices
Although there is no time that is suitable for all cases, it is best that the time spent in front of a screen does not exceed 1 hour a day. In this way, visual fatigue, changing moods are avoided and they are motivated to also have other types of activities. Ideally, this rule should be accompanied by certain circumstances, that is, whenever it is a weekend, that she does not have homework, that she does not have an exam for any subject or whatever you consider pertinent.
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2. Encourage finding other activities
Promoting the different areas of interest of each of our children is vital to avoid leisure time. Together, look for activities in which you can develop your talents or reaffirm your vocation, always give them alternatives that involve their interests, because it will be of little and nothing to offer activities that respond only to ours.
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3. Always keep your eyes open
Never take for granted who makes up your children’s social circle, because we do not know with certainty who may be behind the screen. Be attentive to changes in attitude, moods or any alteration that you may notice after your children begin to use these types of devices.
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And as a last tip, don’t forget to always be present by setting an example: when you get home disconnect from work, connect emotions with your loved ones and forget about your phone for a while. After all, children learn more when they watch us perform than when we lecture them.